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Edrington restructure to centralise operations in Glasgow and Singapore

Edrington Global Travel Retail (GTR) will be splitting its key functions between hubs in Singapore and Glasgow in a company restructure which comes into effect next month.

Under the restructure, marketing and commercial activities will be run from Singapore, in close proximity to Asian travellers and anticipated growth opportunities in the region, while finance and supply chain functions will be centralised in Glasgow to provide a global reach across time zones and accessibility to key global retailers. 

The shake-up will also see Jeremy Speirs assume leadership of the business in the role of regional managing director, Edrington GTR, based at the Glasgow hub. Formerly managing director for Europe, Middle East and Africa travel retail, Jeremy has spent more than 15 years at Edrington in a variety of commercial roles.

He takes over from Suzy Smith, who will return from Singapore to Glasgow to take up the post of director of strategy and innovation. 

The global travel retail business has been turned upside down by the Covid-19 pandemic, which saw almost all international travel grind to a halt. As the sector begins to pick up again, businesses have been analysing their operations to assess how to maximise opportunities in the new travel landscape.

Jeremy Speirs said: "This restructuring allows us to deliver a more agile response to the needs of our retail customers in a much-changed landscape while retaining a global footprint to accelerate growth as the travel industry recovers. Travel retail remains strategically important to Edrington and we are fully committed to our partners, to The Macallan Boutique programme and to delivering the innovation for which our brands have become known in this channel."

25 August 2020 - Bethany Whymark